The Mirpuri Foundation is a member of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) since 2019.

The ICRI, founded in 1994, is an informal partnership between nations and organisations, private firms, charities and NGOs which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.

During its 25-year-history, ICRI actions have proved pivotal in highlighting the importance of coral reefs and related ecosystems to environmental sustainability, food security and social and cultural wellbeing.

The organisation was founded by eight governments: Australia, France, Japan, Jamaica, the Philippines, Sweden, the UK, and the USA in recognition of the fact that coral reefs and related ecosystems found in tropical and sub-tropical regions were facing serious degradation.

It now boasts over 60 members and states its objectives as: encouraging the adoption of best practice in the sustainable management of coral reefs and associated ecosystems, building capacity and raising awareness at all levels on the plight of coral reefs around the world.

Among the many debates and presentations that took place at this year’s event were talks on understanding the trends of coral reefs, information sharing on how to promote effective and adaptable solutions to improve the protection of coral reefs, and workshops on fostering partnerships and collaboration, particularly with the private sector.


35th ICRI General Meeting:

As an active member of ICRI (International Coral Reef Initiative), the Mirpuri Foundation joined the 35th General Meeting.

The three-day assembly included membership requests, a session on the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), reports from ad hoc committees and ICRI members, as well as an update on future activities and outcomes. Members discussed how ICRI can be involved in the upcoming decades, while being presented the United Nations Decade on Restoration and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The annual meeting comprises all members and welcomes new ones. In this assembly, Coral Restoration Consortium, Mote Marine Laboratorium & Aquarium, and the European Commission joined the international organization.